Frankie Manning Centennial descends on The Big Apple Memorial Day Weekend!

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Featured, Jazz, Slider, Swing | Comments


Frankie Manning Centennial descends on The Big Apple Memorial Day Weekend!

 The George Gee Swing Orchestra is proud to be a featured performer at the official Frankie Manning 100 Celebration here in New York City during the Memorial Day Weekend from May 22nd to 26th.  Our performance will be on Saturday, May 24th  at Terminal 5 and will feature the classic BATTLE OF THE BIG BANDS!  Our worthy adversary will be The David Berger Jazz Orchestra, whom we last met head-to-head  at the 2007 Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center.  In front of over 2500 anticipated worldwide lindyhoppers, this will be quite of night of musical fireworks!

So if you are lucky enough to have a ticket to this SOLD-OUT event, we will be ready to SWING for you!  But if not, a reminder that we will also be at The Frankie Manning Centennial Savoy  Ball at The Edison Ballroom the night before on Friday, May 23rd!  The Facebook event page is here.  See you on the dance floor!

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George Gee 17pc. Swing Orchestra at The Frankie Centennial Savoy Ball in The Edison Ballroom NYC

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Featured, Jazz, Slider, Swing | Comments

George Gee 17pc. Swing Orchestra at The Frankie Centennial Savoy Ball in The Edison Ballroom NYC
Advance Sale Pricing Ends May 8!

More info & tickets at

Celebrate Frankie’s 100th in his Hometown at the 1930s Edison Ballroom with Dawn Hampton! Plus live music by:
- The George Gee 17-Piece Swing Orchestra
- Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra

Join us in the BIG APPLE for the Centennial Birthday Celebration of Frankie Manning… Lindy Hop Swing Legend!

Zort Music and Prohibition Productions are proud to present FRANKIE’s CENTENNIAL SAVOY BALL at the elegant 1930s-era Edison Ballroom (formerly the “Supper Club”) featuring live music and dancing to the sounds of The George Gee 17-piece Swing Orchestra (performing authentic swinging music of the Savoy-style), plus the acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra! In the up-stairs lounge, enjoy more music and dancing by:

• Mr. Roddy “Charleston Charlie” Caravella
• Syncopated City Dance Company
• Pedro Giraudo and his Mala Junta Tango Trio (upstairs lounge)
• Dandy Wellington and His Band (upstairs lounge)
• DJ Tomo

The Queen of the Ball will be none other than the beloved DAWN HAMPTON!

Guest will also enjoy:
• Dance Performances
• Rare video footage
• Live music all night
• Sumptuous Buffet Dinner
• Open Top Shelf Bar
* Unlimited bottled water
* Complimentary coat check

For over ten years, the Edison Ballroom was known as the “Supper Club” and was the venue of choice in the 1990s swing era revival in New York City, running every Friday and Saturday until 4 AM. The Savoy Ball is a one-time opportunity to return to the Supper Club, this time with Savoy swing music and at a classy black tie/vintage occasion. The Edison Ballroom has all the feel and spirit of a1930s Ballroom – which indeed is what it is. In 1998, Frankie blessed this dance floor when he danced and performed in the Public Broadcasting Service’s televised documentary “Swingin’ With the Duke.”

The entire dance floor of the Edison will be open for dancing, considered by many to be one of the best and largest in town (and a little larger then Terminal 5!). Upstairs will feature a second dance floor in the Lounge, and a third dance floor in the balcony overlooking the main ballroom floor.

TRIFECTA – three event weekend!
Frankie’s Centennial Savoy Ball, kicks off the Frankie Trifecta… three premium events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Frankie Trifecta is a collaboration of New York City swing dance producers and is separate from the Frankie 100 Festival. More info at

Frankie’s Centennial Savoy Ball
Friday May 23, 2014
8:00 PM to 2:30 AM
The Edison Ballroom NYC
* Black Tie or Vintage Attire required

TICKETS (Savoy Ball)
$110 through May 8th
$120 after May 8th
$145 at the door

(Trifecta Package – all 3 events)
$150 thru May 8th
$160 after May 8th

Zort Music (Alan Sugarman) was the producer in 1999 of Frankie’s 85th Birthday Celebration at Roseland Ballroom, attracting 1800 dancers on one dance floor, with Frankie, for his birthday.

Since 2001 Prohibition Productions (Patrick Soluri) has been producing well know vintage and dance events such as THE SALON, NY HOT JAZZ FESTIVAL , and the LIBERTY BELLE SPECTACULAR at notable venues in NYC such as the Player’s Club, the Edison Ballroom, the Empire Hotel, and the Copacabana.

The Saturday night event is produced by Swing Remix.

This event is not sponsored by, nor is it a part of, the Frankie 100 Festival, but, we of course support the Festival.

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Welcome to the NEW World of !

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Featured, Jazz, Parties, Swing | Comments

After 33 years of being a professional big bandleader, 23 here in my hometown of NYC and 13 years into the new millennium – I am happy to report the launch of the NEW!  A true representation of the current George Gee Orchestra, with nods towards the current stellar line-up of talent and personality, with a clear vision of its forward path.  A journey well-rooted in the musical and philosophical achievements of the past masters, but also a recognition of the band’s already established history of over three decades.  It HAS taken over three decades plus to surround myself with like-minded individuals in this pursuit of preserving this great American art form of the Big Band, but also with an eye towards evolution.  I am immensely proud of The George Gee Orchestra and humbly its place in musical history – there are many stories to be shared and told.  And still many to develop and to continue…..


I would like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of the group that helped develop this new site, all longtime friends and supporters of The George Gee Orchestra.  Lovingly self-titled TEAM GEE, they include Project Manager/Social Media Coordinator Jennifer Gapay, Copy Editor Amy Winn and programmer Tommy Sunshine.  TEAM GEE took my initial scrambled vision and molded it into a clear portal, that happily and properly represents The George Gee Orchestra of now.  And in the whole scheme of things, the timing of the launch is perfect – as a whole slate of announcements are scheduled for the very immediate future.  Stay tuned:  Have blog, will travel!

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